This week’s Q & A is with Nancy Rotering, Attorney and Mayor of City of Highland Park.
1. What was a pivotal momentum of reinvention for you?
When I challenged the two-term incumbent Mayor after being a City Councilman for less than two years, I knew that I had stepped out of my comfort zone and moved into a new, fearless realm. It was time for change and at my core, I knew I had to be the catalyst.
2. Who has been a valuable mentor or sponsor?
My grandmother was a “grab life by the tail” kind of gal. She always encouraged me to keep striving and was a huge promoter of having a good time along the way.
3. What is your biggest goal right now?
My biggest goal right now is to continue the work I’ve been doing to restore trust and stability to my city, and to provide a clear, attainable plan for a future of fiscal sustainability and investment in our community. It involves honest communication, collaboration and truly being available to my colleagues, constituents and staff.
4.How do you unplug? How often do you unplug?
I unplug by working out with great music, spending time with my family or friends, or watching bad reality tv. As often as needed, which is at least once a day. The result is clearer thinking and more authentic connections with the people in my life: family, friends, co-workers and constituents.
5. What’s the best networking contact you’ve made?
My best networking contact is a friend of mine who is relentless in her follow through. She is superhuman in her networking ability. How did you make it? I made this contact in the most unlikely place: we met in a Park District tennis class. I was running for my first elected office and someone said I should get to know her because she had the hugest network they had ever seen. They were right!
6. What challenge / achievement are you most proud of?
Personally: I am most proud of my four boys. They are growing into incredible people: kind, intelligent, funny and interested in the world. Professionally: Serving as Mayor to my city. We have weathered some incredible challenges together and have come out as a stronger community with a clear plan for our future.
7. What was the last business book you read?
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. It encourages everyone to think outside the box and pursue difficult challenges. I find myself mentioning it frequently though I read it months ago.
8. What cause do you most want to advance?
Locally, meeting the needs of the underserved in my community. Globally, ensuring the safety and education of all girls and women.
9. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
Walk, don’t run. Calmness backed by defined analysis inspires confidence.
10. What is your “keep me going” quote?
“Life is either a good time or a good story.”
Check out Nancy Rotering’s full 40 Over 40 profile here!